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The technologies, business models, and distribution innovations you should look out for in the next 5-10 years.

Robotics Companions

Customized Babies

What it is: The use of personal robots that can provide emotional and physical support to people, especially children and the elderly.

Why it matters: For children, robotics companions can act as tutors and nannies, educating them in concrete skills as well as providing limited childcare services. For the aging population, these robots could fill health services voids, keeping people on track for prescriptions or catering to mental health issues.

What it is: The ability to personalize meals through lab-designed foods or based on your DNA.

Why it matters: People can customize their diets based on their genetics, leading to the ability to help manage certain diseases through proper food consumption. Foods can also be designed to align with personal preferences.

What it is: As prenatal genetic testing becomes cheaper, more accurate, and easier to conduct at an earlier stage, the ability to genetically modify babies becomes a reality.

Why it matters: It could allow for early detection of disorders and/or diseases and give rise to new therapies to help manage/prevent them. This type of tech would enable parents the ability to “customize” traits in their offspring, while also raising questions about how far parents will be allowed to take this genetic customization.

Personalized food

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